Geotechnical Engineer Salary

For Geotechnical Engineers, higher-than-average salaries are found among very experienced workers, where employees bring in around $110K relative to the national average of $62K per year for others in this line of work. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $56K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $71K. For Geotechnical Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $110K. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$45,052 - $86,710
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$45K
$62K
$87K
MEDIAN: $61,854
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$16.44 - $38.96
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$16
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$45,052 - $86,710  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,203  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $7,288  
Total Pay (?
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$44,224 - $89,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 709
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.44 - $38.96  
   
Overtime
$21.96 - $42.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,203  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $7,288  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,224 - $89,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.

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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer


Geotechnical Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at CH2M Hill, where the average salary comes to $81K.

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer


Survey results imply that Geotechnical Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Project, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Visual Basic, and AutoDesk. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Geotechnical Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Geotechnical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+17 percent), Portland (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Pittsburgh and Charlotte earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 6 percent.

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$63,000

Matlab
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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AutoDesk
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Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 7%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 7%
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